BRISCA F1 REPORT GRIFFIN MAKES AMENDS WITH SHEFFIELD VICTORY
Organiser: Startrax When: Sheffield Starters: 39
A couple of weeks ago, Bobby Griffin was robbed of a final win when he was collected in a last-bend pile-up while leading the race at Belle Vue. Last Sunday at Sheffield, Griffin was able to make up for his disappointment by recording his first BRISCA F1 final win.
Tom Boyer and Thomas Stephenson battled for the lead from the drop of the green until they tangled on lap three. That allowed Griffin to grab the advantage. Behind him Joe Booth, Frankie Wainman Junior Jr and Jack France were involved in a tremendous scrap for second place.
Griffin appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win when the race was brought under caution when France and Wainman tangled. That sent France into the back straight fence and the severely damaged machine rebounded off the barrier and became stricken on the racing line.
On the restart, Griffin was able to pull away from his pursers. Mark Gilbank managed to barge his way into second place but was unable to close on the race leader. Craig Finnikin put on one of his customary late-race charges to come home third. Booth held on for fourth.
“On the last lap I was thinking I’ve got it,” said Griffin. “Then I told myself ‘no I haven’t until I cross the line’. I knew I was leading before the yellow flag but wasn’t sure by how much. I got a good restart and could see them getting closer in my mirror and I was just hoping they wouldn’t get to me.”
Gilbank, who won last week at Coventry, said: “I nearly had back-toback wins but just couldn’t get to him.”
Sheffield has a reputation for being a tough track to race at and it lived up to its reputation on Sunday. Points leader Frankie Wainman Jr rolled his car during his heat race; he was able to make repairs and chalked up a third place finish in the consolation, which keeps him top of the points table. He heads that from Dan Johnson, with Nigel Green one point behind in third.